MotoGP is experiencing one of the most balanced years in its history at the start of 2022. There were three different winners in the first four races and ten riders – out of a possible maximum of 12 – made it to the podium. The impressive leveling of the grid is also highlighted by the general drivers’ classification, which sees five different manufacturers in the top six of the ranking. The only manufacturer to do an encore is Suzuki, with Alex Rins in second position and Joan Mir in fourth. Rins himself – just back from two consecutive podiums, third in Argentina and second in Austin – however wanted to bring out a deeply felt problem especially in Moto3 but also present in the premier class: that of ‘trail hunters’.
The reference is to those drivers who, in qualifying, instead of trying to set a solo time, systematically try to find an opponent to take as a tow, in order to be able to set a better time in this way. One of the pilots who most often uses this system, even if he is certainly not the only one to do so, is Marc Marquez. Rins, however, makes it a question of method even before that of individual drivers. As reported by the site The Race, his criticisms in Texas have been rather harsh and to the point. “What we have seen is unacceptable – thundered the Catalan driver – we are MotoGP riders. I think more is expected of us than those who ride in Moto3. Race direction and stewards have to do something because that’s not the way to do it“.
“We are the ‘big ones’, we must set an example for others – added the driver of the house of Hamamatsu – I have no words to describe the feeling. I was pushing in Q1 and I found four or five riders in front who stopped. It does not make sense. It’s dangerous. They have to do something, because that’s not good“. The solution proposed by Rins is to let the pilots go out one at a time at regular intervals, thus monitoring those who slow down too much to wait for a tow and penalize them accordingly. However, not all of your colleagues agree on these criticisms: “For me it’s a good thing if someone wants to follow me – replied Alex Marquez – it means I’m fast. This happens in Moto3 and Moto2 and also happens in MotoGP. Its part of the game. Changing the rules, going to superpole or the like, would make the show more boring “he concluded.
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